Blood Sugars

Diabetes Tough Love

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By June 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

200 mg/dL. Often, when I see a number like that, I think, “Oh, it’s okay.  It doesn’t define me.  It’s not an assessment of my self-worth.  I’m still a decent person despite an out-of-range blood sugar.” And that’s true.  I’ve written about how true that is a pile of times*.  These numbers aren’t ME. … but they’re still mine. The problem…

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Two Months of Victoza

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By June 12, 2018 5 Comments

I stopped taking Victoza.  But I’d revisit it if necessary.  Here’s the personal experience, not medical advice, talk to your doctor, etc. lowdown: WHY I STARTED ON VICTOZA. After having my son (he’ll be two in August), I experienced postpartum anxiety.  It was next level for me and impeded a lot of my daily interactions.  Therapy helped.  When I stopped…

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Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 20 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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Do you “count carbs” or “wing it?”

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By May 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

When it comes to making sense of diabetes and food, do you count carbs, or do you wing it? Turns out, there’s plenty of gray area between those two concepts. Folks on Facebook seemed to do a bit of both winging and measuring. “We will wing it when we have to, but for the most part, we strive for accuracy…

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Selective Sweet Tooth

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

I love going out on the town for the night And having a meal by a soft candlelight (Because I know, at a restaurant, meals are yummy; For the food isn’t prepped, touched, or cooked by me.) But to dine with type 1 can be quite complex, Because restaurant food has a whole set of specs That require some SWAG’ing;…

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Actually Using the Dexcom G6

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By May 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Disclosure:  I received my Dexcom G6 as part of the initial PR roll out, once it was approved and available.  I am also part of the Dexcom Warriors program.  But my supplies all go through insurance and my deductible is gross.  For more on my disclosures, click here.   I wasn’t home when my Dexcom G6 kit arrived at the…

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Victoza for T1D: A Few Weeks In.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

I’m on my fourth week of Victoza.  Here’s the good, the bad, and the reminder that none of this even remotely resembles medical advice for the love of Loopy. THE GOOD: My numbers have been excellent.  Truly excellent.  And I’m the last person who is going to post perfect CGM graphs all the live long day because I have always struggled…

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CGM: Cat Glucose Monitor?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

This post is from 8 years ago, originally published in 2010 on dLife as part of my column at Generation D.  (Man, this post is old.  This is before Birdy.)  Abby was the best cat ever (sorry, Siah), and her ability to sniff out a low blood sugar is only bested by my Dexcom.  Because I totally had a CGM…

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I Can’t Feel My Face

Blood Sugars By April 10, 2018 Tags: , , , 26 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP!! Insistent noise, drowned out only slightly by the sound of two toddlers dunking basketballs on each other in the living room. “Do you have any juice?” My friend reaches into her fridge and pulls out a 1/4 full carton of lemonade.  “Would this work?” She and I know one another, but we’re fledgling friends.  Still in that…

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Victoza for T1D?

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By April 5, 2018 16 Comments

I am way behind the curve on any drugs that have been making the off-label rounds in the type 1 diabetes community because I was attempting pregnancy/actually pregnant/then breastfeeding my son for almost four years in total.  I wasn’t willing or able to dabble in anything deemed experimental or unapproved.  But I will never have another pregnancy (thanks, tubal ligation!),…

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